Important The information in this topic applies only to the three types of Web components that are included in the Microsoft Office Web Components — the Spreadsheet Component, the Chart Component, and the PivotTable Component. For information about all other types of Web components (including hit counters, photo galleries, marquees, and many others), see About Web components in FrontPage.
Using the Office Web Components
You can add interactive spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and PivotTable lists (PivotTable list: A Microsoft Office Web Component used to create an interactive list that summarizes and analyzes data, such as database records, from various sources. Users can view the list in a Web browser and change its layout.) to your Web pages by using the Microsoft Office Web Components. The Office Web Components are Microsoft ActiveX (ActiveX: A set of technologies that enables software components to interact with one another in a networked environment, regardless of the language in which the components were created.) controls that display data from a workbook, database, or other data source that you specify. When the data in that data source changes, the component displays those changes. This helps to ensure that you and your site visitors can view and interact with data that is up to date.
The Office Web Components include the following:
- Spreadsheet Component Displays data in an interactive spreadsheet.
- Chart Component Displays data in an interactive chart.
- PivotTable Component Displays data in an interactive PivotTable list.
By default, site visitors can view and interact with data in any type of Office Web Component. However, you can specify protection settings for a component. These settings determine whether site visitors can only view the data in the component or can both view and interact with that data.
Security Use caution when you are adding ActiveX controls to your Web page. ActiveX controls may be designed in such a way that their use could pose a security risk. We recommend that you use controls from trusted sources only.
How-to information Find links to more information about using and managing the Office Web Components in the See Also section, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.
Support for the Office Web Components
Regardless of the protection settings that you specify, your site visitors must have certain programs installed on their computers before they can view or interact with data in the Office Web Components. Site visitors must use Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later to open a Web page that contains components. In addition, site visitors must install the Office Web Components on their computers. By default, the Office Web Components are installed with any of the Microsoft Office 2003 programs. They can also be installed separately, from a location that you provide.
If site visitors install only the Office Web Components, and they do so by using an installation location and a license package that you provide, site visitors can both view and interact with data in components. If they install only the Office Web Components and they do not have access to a license package, site visitors can only view the data in components. If site visitors do not install the Office Web Components or an Office 2003 program, they cannot view or interact with components.
For information about providing an installation location or license package for the Office Web Components, see the Microsoft Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit.
How-to information Find links to more information about supporting the Office Web Components in the See Also section, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.